doughface

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dough +‎ face

Noun[edit]

doughface (plural doughfaces)

  1. (pejorative) a person, especially a politician, who is pliable, moldable like dough.

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Usage notes[edit]

In the years leading up to the United States Civil War, "doughface" was used to describe Northerners who espoused sympathies with the Southern Slave Power. This would most likely be a Northern Democrat who was more allied with the ideology of Southern Democrats than that of the majority of Northerners.